Now, I want to start out today’s discussion by first apologizing for featuring two VW’s this week. I do try to mix up makes, models and nations of origin here as best I can, but sometimes a cool car comes along and throws me a monkey with a wrench flying into … [Read more...] about At $8,000, Is This R32-Swapped 1987 VW Jetta A Total Coupe De Grâce?
This F100 is just as charming inside as it is on the outside. A wide and functional bench seat faces an equally functional all-metal dash. This is a truck from before the major safety standards took effect here in the U.S., so don’t plan on running into anything at any speed over a brisk walk and surviving with all your teeth intact. On the plus side, check out that amazingly long gear lever for the manual transmission. That’s married to a 292 CID Y-block which in this guise was good for 170 (gross) horsepower and 279 lb-ft of torque. … [Read more...] about At $4,500, Could This 1964 Ford F100 Pickup Turn You Into The Mac Daddy?
Notchbacks did make their way into the U.S., brought back by servicemen, following ex-pat Canadians, and waddling their way across the Mexican border, after being won in back-room Tijuana poker games. This 1963 Type 3 Notchback was probably originally built at VW's Wolfsburg plant, out of which it carried the 43-bhp 1,493-cc engine. That paucity of power may seem a detriment until you peek under the car's skirt to ogle its swing-axle rear-end. That can be rectified with the addition of a later rear-end set up, and in fact many of the early Type 3s see such updates, along with lowered suspensions and interiors out of a Nevada bordello. This car, however, seems mostly original. … [Read more...] about Put a Notch on Your Belt for $5,400
The car turned relatively well, but the rear wanted to slide out on every application of the throttle around a corner. I tried it in the wet one night after lowering the front another inch and put the car into an almost uncontrollable fishtail. #$)*&)@* that, it was dangerous!! So I went completely the opposite direction and made the front 1” higher than the rear, now it was much more driveable. … [Read more...] about What’s Your Secret Internet Car How-To?
So, when you are in normal mode driving, you are getting the full efficiencies of a FWD vehicle. Then, when you engage the system or engage it through slip, you essentially turn this whole AWD system on, where the rear will spin up, lock in with the front and now you're in 4WD, on demand. … [Read more...] about Will The 2015 Jeep Renegade Be Any Good Off-Road?